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Just For Fun :: MV Margaritas

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Dreaming of summer months {and summer homes} is clearly my best defense against the New England winter cold. As we start looking at our 2016 summer home projects we’re constantly drawing inspiration from projects past and getting excited about reinventing our summer home designs for these new families.

This featured project was quite the whirlwind last spring. We whipped everything together in three months, furnishing and accessorizing this gorgeous seaside home in record time. The house sits on 140 acres of land and overlooks the most picturesque, ocean view you can imagine.

When the project was done, we rested our tired legs in some adirondacks overlooking the ocean, cold glasses in hand, and cheers-ed to a job well done! Check out some photos from the project below, as well as the delicious margarita recipe {from Gimme Some Oven} which was the perfect after-installation-treat. The Cointreau, fresh-squeezed lime juice and agave {or simple syrup} are all right up my alley!

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INGREDIENTS ::

3 cups tequila, silver or reposado
2 cups Cointreau {orange liqueur}
1.5 cups freshly-squeezed lime juice
Optional: agave nectar or simple syrup for sweetening, if desired
Ice
Optional: lime wedges and salt for rimming the glasses

DIRECTIONS ::

  1. If you would like salt-rimmed glasses, begin by running a lime slice {the juicy part} around the top rim of a glass.  Fill a shallow bowl with salt, and dip the rim in the salt until it is covered with your desired amount of salt.  Set aside.
  2. Stir tequila, lime juice and Cointreau together in a large pitcher until combined.  Add your desired amount of sweetener if desired {I would begin with 2-3 tablespoons agave} until the margaritas reach your desired level of sweetness.
  3. Fill the glasses with ice.  Pour in the margarita mixture over the rocks.  Serve immediately, garnished with extra lime wedges if desired.

{Recommendation: enjoy in front of a view like this!}

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For more photos from this project shot by Sean Litchfield check out Martha’s Vineyard on the Portfolio section of our website or check out our Pinterest page.

Design is everywhere. Be inspired.

Kate

Horizons for Homeless Classroom Design with Wayfair

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As we enter the heart of the holiday season, we feel blessed and fortunate for everything in our lives. We were so happy to collaborate with Wayfair on a project that would give back to our community and bring happiness to those who deserve it most.  With Christmas fast approaching, we felt this was the perfect time to share this project with you all.


Earlier this year, Wayfair approached me to be a keynote speaker at their Trade Services Workshop held during Boston Design Week. This was shortly after we rebranded and launched our new website so I was thrilled! It was the perfect opportunity to share our newly gained insight on the world of branding as well as start to build a relationship with a Boston-based design powerhouse.

Shortly after the event, we received an email from Jessica, the Marketing and Brand Manager at Wayfair, about an upcoming charity project they were working on in Jamaica Plain. The KMID team and I had just been discussing a way to get involved within the community and this project fit the bill perfectly! We wanted to help out in any way possible, utilizing our skill set in a way that would benefit the community around us. It was a match made in heaven.

Wayfair was planning to makeover a local preschool and was looking to partner with an interior designer to help them make the most of the project. The chosen preschool for the makeover was Horizons for Homeless Children in Jamaica Plain. The selected classroom cares for 15 children from local shelters while their parents are either working, attending school, or a work training program.

Wayfair has a large assortment of pre-k furniture providers on their site that they worked with to get the products donated or discounted. Our job was to layout the room to maximize function, and choose the furnishings, finishes, paint colors, etc. People are always asking us about our design process, so although this project was a little different for us, I though this was a good chance to give you an inside peek!

Our first step was to meet with the teacher, along with the Wayfair team, to discuss what goals she had for the new space. Above all it had to be functional for the teacher and students’ needs so it was imperative to walk through the space with her. Alison and I took rough sketches and notes as well as measured the space.

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Alison then entered these notes into sketchup, and worked with the room dimensions to create a layout that made sense. Wayfair guided us as to which vendors were participating and donating goods so we faced certain limitations as to what we were able to choose for our designs. Additionally, we had to ensure that all of the items we chose met the safety requirements for a preschool.

We knew we wanted to clearly define the different spaces in the classroom. Part of what created these divisions, were the cubbies throughout the room. We wanted all of these to be different heights depending on their function, but in the same wood tone so as to not distract from the more fun elements in the space. The rugs also helped to divide the areas; for example a star shaped rug in the drama area and a solar system rug in the science area.

Once we had a clear plan, Alison and I presented our design boards and floor plans to Wayfair…

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After creating and approving our wish list of Wayfair products, the Wayfair team procured all of the items. Once we had a timeline for when all of our purchases would arrive, we scheduled an install date.  On the weekend of installation, 18 volunteers assembled in Jamaica Plain to help with the installation.  The KMID team was on site and ready to get their hands dirty…except baby Julia, who was sitting pretty while we all worked :).  Check out some photos from the install below.

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We are so proud to have worked with Wayfair and Horizons for Homeless Children on this project.  Knowing that these kids will have a functional and beautiful space to learn and create is so rewarding and makes our job easy. We will be having a grand reveal in the coming weeks so stay tuned for more complete images of the final space!

UPDATE :: You can check out the full interview, as well as before & after photos, here.

My secret weapon :: Brimfield

It’s funny how happy a dusty field with junk for miles can make a girl like me. I’m not really a camper or an outdoorsy kinda gal but throw some antiques in a grassy field and I’m happy as a pig in …well you get the idea =)

I’m lucky enough to design some beautiful homes in some amazing neighborhoods. The clients may vary in style and vibe but there is one thing that remains consistent. All of my clients want to come home to a place they can feel comfortable and that feels like home.

No matter who the client or the design style I’m always after an authentic and genuine look. I want the rooms to reflect the families that live there and not the fact that a designer made everything look perfect. Some people ask me how I do it…others ask if there is a formula to my design work. Today I’m sharing my secret weapon… Brimfield.

The Brimfield Antique Show is one of the largest antique shows in New England. There are vendors for miles and junk for days. It’s amazing. The thrill of the hunt is never better than a day in the sun searching for treasures. I’ve placed countless items from the show in client’s homes. What was once a junky old forgotten piece can be cleaned up and given new life in a beautiful home. Here are a few of my favorites…

We had this antique sofa refinished and reupholstered. It now sits in a room with a gold ceiling and other modern pieces for an eclectic space that is unique and original. See more pics of this room on our site…Modern Farmhouse.

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I’m ALWAYS using Brimfield finds to accessorize bookcases and mantles. These are spots to interject items that feel “found” so you can maintain a “gathered over time” kind of feeling. Gold candlesticks are always a must grab item when I see them in the fields.

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Quirky chairs are also fun to find in the fields. They can be desk chairs, corner chairs or a mix of original shapes can be collected around a dining table…

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Side tables with personalities all their own can add just the visual interest a room needs to elevate a space to something special.

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Luckily you still have time to visit the show that’s currently running. The fields will be open through the end of the weekend. If you can’t make it out this time then there are two more shows this year. One July 8th – 13th and the other September 2nd – 7th.

Here are a few fun shots from my two trips out this week. We had a blast filming with HGTV on Thursday but you have to visit my Facebook page for those sneak peak shots. I will tell you that there are a few items below that will be featured in the episode when it airs…but that’s all I can say!

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Happy hunting my friends!!

Design is Everywhere. Be Inspired.

love kate

Brimfield :: May 2013

It’s Brimfiled week! …and what a week we’re having. The sun is shining, the air is beautiful and the bargains are plentiful. Does it get any better then this?? Here are just a few fun finds from our trip this week….and some cute pics of my partner in crime.

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Vintage leather club chairs as far as the eye can see!

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Gorgeous copper lamp made of old industrial parts.

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Wallpaper printing mold…soon to be a lamp at KMID! I’ve been looking for one of these for ages and can’t wait to see it standing as a lampScreen Shot 2013-07-30 at 6.21.39 PM

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Time for a little lunch break! Screen Shot 2013-07-30 at 6.21.54 PM

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Rosie checking out the upholstered ottomans. I think she likes them.  Screen Shot 2013-07-30 at 6.22.26 PM

I scored a pair of these gorgeou fixtures that came out of an estate in Rhode Island. I’ve placed them over an island, a kitchen table, and a hallway in my head already. I can’t wait to find the perfect spot for them!

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I just have to laugh. I love Brimfield.  Screen Shot 2013-07-30 at 6.22.37 PM All tuckered out! See you next time!  All tuckered out! See you next time!  Screen Shot 2013-07-30 at 6.22.43 PM 1

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It’s Brimfield week!!
The show runs from Tuesday 9/4-Sunday 9/9.
I heard through the grapevine that dealers can head out to the show a day early. I had great luck in May so I thought I would give it another shot. Sure enough our stelth mission was a success…thanks to my partner in crime of course. Thanks Mom!
Follow me on Instagram @kmidesign for up to the minute updates later this week!

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Snack break! Sharing black raspberry with my partner in crime (and Mom)!Screen Shot 2013-07-10 at 4.02.37 PM

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Might have to rush back for this beauty. How much would you pay for a large wine jug? Honestly. I never know what these might go for?? Thoughts?Screen Shot 2013-07-10 at 4.03.01 PM

Starburst mirror made of old fence spikes. Love the paint on this. Perfect in a beach house.Screen Shot 2013-07-10 at 4.03.11 PM

This is a beauty as well. These ottomans are upholstered in antique kilims. Feeling like this was the one that got away today. If it’s still there later in the week I’m scooping it up. I don’t think I’ll be so lucky.Screen Shot 2013-07-10 at 4.03.35 PM

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Love. Brimfield_bangles

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Me and my niece all tuckered out. See you next year Brimfield!!brimfield_out